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SPRING 1990 

Columbia receives 
$5 million bequest 

re< ei\ ed the largest gift in its 162-j ear 
history The late Mr and Mrs Tho- 
mas Shanks McPheeters of Charlotte 
North Carolina, left a bequest of ap- 
proximately five million dollars to Co- 
lumbia Seminary. Mr. McPheeters 
was the son of William Marcellus 
McPheeters, who was Professor of Old 
Testament and Exegesis at Columbia 
from 1888 until 1932. 

President Douglas W. Oldenburg 
said, "We are thankful to God for this 
generous gift of Mr. and Mrs. 
McPheeters. The income from the 
McPheeters bequest will be used to 
help assure the long range health of 
the seminary. It is our intention to use 
this gift to strengthen the financial 
base oi Columbia rather than start 
new programs or expand current 
ones " 

In addition, Columbia's Board of 
I 'lie. tors has established the William 
Marcellus McPheeters Chair of Old 
Testament Studies. 

Dr. William McPheeters was a 
graduate of Washington and Lee 
University and of Union Theological 
Seminary in Richmond, and he 
received honorary degrees from Pres- 
byterian College and Davidson 
College. His nine years of pastoral 
sen iu\ prior to joining the Columbia 
faculty, included work as a cit) 
missionarv and pastorates in Rocky 

Mount and Marion, Virginia. He was 
the editor or author of a number of 

His son, Thomas S. McPheeters, 
attended Washington and Lee Univer- 
sity and moved to Charlotte in 1906, 
where he was associated with the 
Commercial National Bank, one of the 
banks which became NCNB. He later 
became president of Southern Real 
Estate and Insurance Company, from 
which he retired in 1963. Mr. 
McPheeters was an elder in the 
Presbyterian church for many years 
He and his wife were founding 
members of Trinity Presbyterian 
Church. He was a president of the 
Presbyterian Foundation (U.S.) and a 
trustee of Davidson College. Mr. 
McPheeters died in 1964, survived by 
his wife, Lois Anderson McPheeters. 

Mrs. McPheeters, a Charlotte 
native, graduated from Queens 
College. She taught fourth grade for 
the Charlotte City Schools before her 
marriage to Mr. McPheeters. A 
member of Myers Park Presbyterian 
Church at the time of her death in 
1989, Mrs. McPheeters had been a 
member of Caldwell Memorial 
Presbyterian Church, where she 
taught Sunday school for many years. 

President Oldenburg said, "This is 
another marvelous example of how 
we all build on the foundations laid 
by others. No one currently at Co- 

T///S portrait oj William Marcellus McPheeters hangs in Columbia's library. 

lumbia can take credit for cultivating 
this generous bequest. It is a gift of 
grace! We are profoundly grateful. It 

will help undergird the tremendous 
expansion we have experienced in the 
past several years." U 

Seminary is awarded 
I $137,900 Lilly grant 

Professoi Charles Cousar, hit. and Dean Glenn 
Columbia's curriculum. 

are leading the review o) 

Pri sident Douglas W. Oldenburg has 
announced that Columbia Seminary 
has received a major grant from the 
Lilly Endowment, Inc., of Indianapo- 
lis. The grant, in the amount of 
$137,900, will support the 1990 phase 
of a multi-year review of Columbia's 
mission and program. During the 
year, the faculty will consider issues 
in theological education as they 
pertain to Columbia's curriculum and 

In commenting on the grant, 
Columbia's Vice President for Aca- 
demic Affairs Glenn R. Bucher said, 
"We are grateful for the Lilly Endow- 
ment grant. It will enable us to study 

Columbia's important role in theologi- 
cal education and its contributions to 
various forms of ministry in the 
Presbyterian Church, this country, 
and the world through those who 
study and teach here. We intend to 
use this support to strengthen and 
develop our program and mission." 

The process was begun last 
August at the faculty retreat. Faculty 
members passed a resolution to begin 
a curriculum review and to spend one 
year prior to the review discussing 
issues in theological education appro- 
priate to Columbia. The seminary 
subsequently requested and received 
Continued on page 7 

From the President 

Douglas W. Oldenburg 

( i w \i> this issue of Vantage 

without being filled with a profound 
sense ol gratitude for the generous 
gifts thai have come to( olumbia in 
ret ent months! 

The McPheeters bequest of five 
million dollars is the largest single gift 
( olumbia Seminary has ever received' 
It tomes horn the son <md daughter- 
in-law ol William Marcellus 
McPheeters, who taught at Columbia 
from 1888 to 1932. It was cultivated 
In I McDowell Richards during his 
tenure as president. No one currently 
al (olumbia tan take any credit tor 
this gilt It serves as .mother reminder 
that we all build on the foundations 
which others have laid. Thanks be to 

The $600,000 gift tor our new 
media program is another source "t 
deep gratitude It comes from a few 
anonymous donors who are new 
1 1 iends of the seminary. They know 
relatively little about us, but they have 
a vision of how the new electronic 

media can communicate the gospel, 
and they trust us to implement that 
\ ision Thanks be to God! 

The $137,900 grant from the Lilly 
Endowment tor our curriculum 
review is yet another source of 
thanksgiving. How gratifving it is to 
know that there is ,i major endow- 
ment in the United States committed 
to the church and the importance of 
theological education For many 
years, the Lilly Endowment has been 
engaged in strengthening the theo- 
logical institutions of our country and 
has always been on the cutting edge of 
new developments in training leaders 
tor the church Thanks be to God! 

My gratitude for these major gilts 
is exceeded only by my gratitude for 
those who support us and never make 
the pages of Vantage 

*the woman in Florida who 
knows nothing about us but sent us a 
gift for $10,000 simply because her 
beloved pastor was a graduate of 

*the man we never knew who 
died a few months ago and left us in 
his will; 

*the many wonderful people who 
give C olumbia Seminary a priority in 
their giving, whether it's for $100 or 

*the alums who keep sending us a 
contribution which is always over and 
above their tithe to their church; 

*the many women throughout 
the Southeast who help provide schol- 
arships for married students with 
families through the Columbia 
Friendship Circle; 

"the secret saints who keep 
remembering us in their prayers; 

*the many congregations which 
are participating in the new one 
percent Theological Education Fund 

'the countless folk like you who 
support us in countless quiet but 
significant ways. 

Yes! Thanks be to God! 

With warmest regards, 

^v\2tU>-oW<L ^M. LckdclA/vAM/UA 

donors give 
$600,000 for 
media program 

President Douu as w. Oi denbi rg has 
announced that Columbia Theologii al 
Seminary has received a $600,000 
grant from anonymous donors to 
establish a media program on its 
campus. The grant, to be gh en over 
the next five years, will provide a full- 
time professor, support staff, and 
equipment to begin Columbia's new 
program in media. 

The media program will have lour 
primary emphases. The professor will 
help both faculty and students under- 
stand the impact of electronic media 
on American culture and will assist 
faculty members in using electronic 
media to develop more effective 
teaching methods. Students will learn 
to utilize electronic media in their own 
congregations. And the seminars 
eventually' hopes to produce audio 
and video media for use in local 

Commenting on the significance 
of Columbia's new program, Presi- 
dent Oldenburg said, "The revolution 
in electronic media is having a tre- 
mendous impact on our culture. Few 
of us in the church understand how to 
use the new forms of media for the 
communication of the gospel and our 
ministries. The new media program 
at Columbia will enable us to achieve 
both of these goals, which are vital to 
effective ministry in the current and 
the coming age. We are profoundly 
grateful to those who have made this 
possible." [J 

The Rev. loan SalmonCampbell, (I), moderator of the PC(USA), visited the Columbia 
in January. With he) an- the Rev Sara C Juengst, Columbia's director of continuing 
education, and Charles Kariuki, a Th.M. student from Kenya. 

Evangelism Symposium book 
and tapes available 

I \ i Q< iuiiik, \iori than 800 pastors, 
lay people, and educators from 37 
states attended the Evangelism 
Symposium in Charlotte. The event 
was sponsored by Columbia, Prince- 
ton, and Union seminaries, which 
provided the speakers and worship 
leaders. The Outreach Foundation 
funded the symposium. 

Available now are audiotapes and 
videotapes of the symposium. A 
complete set of 1 1 audiocassettes is 
$75; individual audiocassettes are 
$7.50. A complete set of 1 1 videocas- 
settes costs $125; individual videocas- 
settes are $15. To order the above, 
contact John Coffman, Union Semi- 

nary, 3401 Brook Road, Richmond, 
Virginia 23227 

Available June 1 from CTS Press 
will be a transcript of the symposium. 
The book will include addresses by 
Thomas Gillespie, Diogenes Allen, 
Richard Osmer, Walter Brueggemann, 
Beverly Gaventa, Shirley Guthrie, 
Charles Brown, David Willis-Watkins, 
and Paul Achtemeier, and worship 
services led by T. Hartley Hall, 
Leonora Tubbs Tisdale, and Douglas 
W. Oldenburg. To order the tran- 
script, send $5 to CTS Press, Columbia 
Seminary, Box 520, Decatur, Georgia 
30031. □ 

Graduation f 90 

Columbia Theological Seminary will 
hold its 1990 Commencement exer- 
cises at Peachtree Presbyterian Church 
in Atlanta on Sunday, May 13, at 4 
p.m. Degrees will be conferred to 86 
students in four of Columbia's degree 
programs: Master of Divinity, Master 
of Arts in Theological Studies, Master 
of Theology and Doctor of Ministry 

The Honorable Andrew Young is 
the commencement speaker for this 
year's exercises. After having served 
as a member of the U.S. House of Rep- 
resentatives, as U.S. ambassador to the 
United Nations, and two-term mayor 
of Atlanta, Andrew Young is a 
candidate for governor of the state of 
Georgia. He began his service to 
others, however, as a country 
preacher in the Georgia towns of Tho- 
masville and Beachton in the early 
1950s. He is a graduate of Howard 
University and Hartford Theological 

The Reverend Perky Daniel, 
pastor of Morningside Presbyterian 
Church in Atlanta, will preach the 
baccalaureate sermon on May 13 at 
Trinity Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, 
at 11 a.m. The Rev. Daniel graduated 
from Columbia with distinction in 
1986 and has served Morningside for 
six years. She has recently accepted 
an invitation to join the Leadership 
Georgia Foundation, an organization 
that provides Georgia leaders with 
input to assist them in enhancing the 
qualitv of life for Georgians. 

On Saturday, May 12, Dean and 
Mrs. Bucher will host a reception for 
graduates and guests in the 
president's home. After the reception, 
the Columbia Seminary Choir will 
present a program in the seminary 
chapel. Saturday evening, a dinner 
for graduates, their families and 
friends, and the faculty will be held in 
the seminary refectory. □ 

Our Hungarian connection: 
An alternative context 

In January 01 this year, six Columbia 
Seminary students. m\ wife mm.1 I 
attended the coldest service of wor- 
ship any of us had ever experienced in 
our lives. It was not, as you may be 
guessing, in some unfriendly Presby- 
terian church. Rather, this was 
genuine cold! The kind that makes 
your lips turn blue, transforms vour 
fingers and toes into icicles, and 
congeals your breath into lumps of 
whiteness that hang in the air before 
your eyes. 

We were in a small village in 
eastern Hungary, Nvirbator. About 
15 miles in one direction lav the 
border of Romania, a nation still in a 
state of shocked disbelief over the 
success of its December revolution 
About 30 miles in another direction 
lay the Soviet Union. It was 1 5 
degrees outside, and we were wor- 
shiping with the local Reformed 
(Calvinist) congregation at its regular 
Sunday morning service. The church 
was a magnificent fifteenth century 
stone edifice — without the slightest 
suggestion of a heating system! 

In one sense, we never felt farther 
from home that cold Sundae morning 
in Januarv. But in another sense, we 
felt very much at home. In spite of the 
language barrier, the distance, and the 
temperature, we were among fellow 
Christians who welcomed us into 
their hearts and homes and with 
whom, we discovered, we had many 
more things in common than we 

We were in Hungary as part of 

pastor of the Reformed congregation. 
Zoltan Bona, who holds a responsible 
position m the office ot the General 
S) nod tread General Assemble) of 
the Hungarian Reformed Chun h, 
would be our official host and travel- 
ing companion during our two-week 
stay, A more energetic witt) , and 
creative friend we could hardlj have 
hoped to find 

By the time of our arrival in 
Budapest we had mastered some vital 
statistics, thanks to a series oi brief- 
ings held tor us by faculty members ot 
Emory University's Department of 
Su\ let ^no\ East 1 uropean Studies 
Out o\ a total population ot some ten 
million Hungarians, approximately 20 
percent have at least a nominal con- 
nection with the Reformed Church, a 
branch of the larger world Reformed 
community whose roots extend to the 
sixteenth century and to the work at 
that time of Calvinistic missionaries 
from the Netherlands and other 
European countries. Across the 
border with Romania, in the region of 
Transylvania, live another two million 
ethnic Hungarians, most of whom are 
also Reformed. Politically separated 
from Hungary since the end of Work! 
War I, these ethnic Hungarians 
occupy a special place in the con- 
sciousness of the Hungarian nation 
and o\ the Reformed Church, as 
Transylvania is considered a cradle ot 
Hungarian culture. 

It was with considerable energy 
that we began the first phase ot our 
visit. This was centered in and 

In spite of the language barrier, the distance, and the tempera- 
ture, we were among fellow Christians who welcomed us into 
their hearts and homes and with whom we had many things in 

Columbia Semmarv's course in 
Alternative Context for Ministry, the 
third such group of students and 
faculty to visit Hungary in as many 
years. In addition to Sis and me, our 
delegation was composed of the 
following Columbia students: Mike 
Fitze, Charleston, South Carolina; 
David Gibbs, Midland, Michigan; 
Libby Inman, Greensboro, North 
Carolina; Tod Linafelt, Beaver, Penn- 
sylvania; David Pearce, Montgomery, 
Alabama; and Karen Rogers, Shre- 
veport, Louisiana. While we were in 
Hungarv, four other Alternativ e 
Context groups were working in 
Jamaica, Central America, the Appala- 
chian area of eastern Kentucky, and at 
Capitol Homes, an Atlanta housing 

Our introduction to Hungary 
came about on a bleak Thursday 
evening in the main rail station in 
Budapest as we climbed down off the 
Orient Express into the warm bear 
hugs of Janos Pasztor and Zoltan 
Bona. Janos spent the academic year 
1987-88 teaching and doing research 
on the Columbia campus. He and his 
wife Judith, who was with him in 
Decatur, were to be our host and 
hostess one weekend in the Budapest 
suburb of Budafok, where Janos is 

around Budapest, where Zoltan had 
arranged for us to immerse ourseh es 
in the work of the Reformed Church 
as much as time and other limitations 
would permit. Our experiences 
included a Friday evening with a 
youth group in a Budapest congrega- 
tion, a Saturday morning in a home 
for handicapped children, and that 
evening eating and worshipping with 
the residents of a hospice for the 
elderlv, the latter two institutions both 
owned and operated by the Reformed 
Church. We also were given the 
opportunity of meeting faculty and 
students at the Reformed seminary, 
Raday College, where we discussed 
issues of the church's lite in a society 
undergoing rapid transformations 
And an excursion into western 
Hungarv allowed us to inspect an 
important archival collection of the 
Reformed Church at Papa and to visit 
a thousand-year-old Roman Catholn 
monastery at Pannonhalma. 

During this initial week, our 
group grew enamored of Budapest, a 
city of grace and splendor which 40 
years of authoritarian misrule has not 
succeeded in spoiling. Magnificent 
buildings, many dating from the years 
when Budapest and Vienna were the 
dual seats of government of the 

/'//(■ Rev Bela Voth and ///s family from Szentendre, Hungai u are spending the spring 
semester at Columbia, He is tefli king courses m pastoral care and cnun h history 

Vustro-Hungarian Empire, pierced 

ilir sk) line and made us realize to h) 
Budapest is |m tngl) ai I Laimed the 
"City ol Spires." 

But we quickly realized that the 

real treasure ot the 1 [ungarian natn in 

is its people ii iendly, warm, ,m. I 

open, the) I elebrate a heady new 
freedom, even as the\ worrj about 
their nation's ability to pick its w.i\ 
out of the economic qui( ksands whi< l> 
ate a heritage ot its recent past 

Espe< i.ilU m the churc hes did we 
find a sense ot quiet joy and courage 

I hese people were no strangers to us, 
in spite ot the tact that we had, lor the 
most part, never laid eyes on ea< h 
other I o be sure, their weie Colum- 
bia "alums" among them: Cvorgy 
I lorvath, Reformed pastor ,ii 
Nagvkallo. and Margith Balogh 
i haplain to the I lome for thi I Iderl) 
,ii I eanyfalu, had both spent the yeai 
I L >S4-S :: < on the Columbia campus. We 
were in the presence ot men and 
women ot deep commitment to Jesus 
Christ who shared our own Reformed 
heritage and who well i Mind us as 
sisters and brothers Then traditional 

greeting to each soon became our 

own: Aldas, Bekesseg! Peaceand 

The second week ot our visit was 
spent in tl" east, with stops at centu- 
ries-old centers of Reformed Lifesui h 
as Debrei en, \\ ith its Great < hur< h 
and seminary, Sarospatak, where 
there is a tine collection oi rare books, 

our sense ol being weh omed .is fellow 
Reformed c in istians was the same 
An importanl lesson foi us was the 
w,w in w in. h the Reformed tradition 
ha • nol onh endured but thrived in 
.in eastern European « ontext, 

It is oui hope thai the relationship 
between * olumbia and the Reformed 
i inii. ii oi I [ungar) to ill endure foi 
many /ears and will result not onl) In 
continued \ isits to I [ungai \ bj 
(. olumbia f< >lk, bul in an ongoing 
present eori oui oto n i ampus ot 
I [ungarian Reformed ( hi Istians I he 
Re\ Bela I oth, his wife, Zsuzsanna, 
and then three \ oung sons, Bela, 
Zsigmond, and AndraS/ are a part ol 
.nil ( ommunit) .«i thi presenl Bela 
,wk\ "Susi" welcomed our group into 

their home in Szentendre, pit north of 

Budapest where Bela is pastor. And 
thru |>m eno "ii oiu i ampus f< »r this 
spring term, during which Bela is 
ti a< King 1 1 lurses in pastoral care and 
on tlu' ( hun h and the Mi idei n World, 
is an impi mi. mi remindei to us oi the 
heritage and witness ot the I [ungarian 
Reformed ( hurch. 

When we i limbed ba< ' aboard the 
i >i irni i • pi ss to begin oui trip home, 
oiu joy <ii retui rting to oui families 

muted bj oui sadness ■>' leaving 
new friends Moneol us who were 
pari oi the ( olumbia team I new w hen 

we would see I lungary again, if < 
Wt wo knew that a part ot us will 
always be there, among those brave 
and faithful people ot the Reformed 

Because of what we learned from them, we hope to express new 
levels of faithfulness by means of our own discipleship and 
service to Christ's church. 

and, at Nvirbator. If western I lun- 
gary has been influenced by the 
proximitv ot on< c mightv Austria (the 
"set ond" language oi manv people 
we met was German), eastern I lun- 

. bore the cultural imprint ol 
nearby Transylvania, tor here the 
church towers were often crafted in 
the typical Transylvanian style, with 
steep and sharply pointed roi 
suggestive of Oriental pagodas. Yet 

: \ w here we went, east and west, 

Church. I hey exhibited to us new 
dimensions ot trust in ( hnst, a trust 
which, when demonstrated during 
recent decades, was often i OStly tor 
them. And, because ot we 
li arned from them, we hope to 
express new levels ot faithfulness by 
means ol our own dis( ipleship and 
service to Christ's church. 

Aldas, Bekesseg! □ 
Dr. James Newsome, Professoi of Old 

iment ai i olumbia, wrote thisarth le 




For further information or to register for courses, call or write: 
Sara Covin Juengst, Director of Continuing Education, or 
Robert S. Smith, Director of the Lay Institute of Faith and Life 
Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA 30031/404-378-8821. 

May 18-20 Fellowship Ga i i ii -rim. oi Pkishmi kiws. A weekend to firm the 
call of Cod upon our lives and to celebrate the gifts gi\ en by God tor equipping 
s people for sen ice in the c hurch and <a orld Montreal ( onference C enter. 
Leaders: Ben [ohnson, I UCy Rose, Bob Smith Cost: Room and board only. 

May 18-June 1 Our Scottish Heritage: A Travel/Stud^ rous An opportunity 
to learn about our Presbyterian heritage while enjo\ mj; the beauty ot Scotland s 
lakes, hills, and ( ities Includes visits to London, St. Andrews, the Border abbeys, 
Edinburgh, and theGeneral Assembl) ol theC hurch of Scotland I eaders 
Davison Philips, Stuart McWilliam, Sara fuengst. Cost: $2,116. 

July 9-13 

1. PW Bihi E Sri i / UESOFl m (Ac rs) Taught by Rebecca S, Parker, Director 
of Admissions and Financial Aid at Columbia. Cost: $35. 

2. Calvin FO I Taught by Shirley Guthrie, Professor of Systematic Theol- 
ogy at Columbia. Cost $7^. 

3 Desire and Th ei Old Testament Stories for Today, taught by David 

Gunn. Professor of Old testament at Columbia, and Danna Nolan Fewell, 
tesistanl Professor of Old Testament, Perkins School of Theology. Cost: $75. 

4 i ,„ Pastor vsSpiriti vi Gi (de. Taught by Joan Gray, pastor of < olumbia 
Presbyterian Church, and Martha fane Petersen, Presbyterian minister and 
spiritual retreat leader. Cost: $7S. 

5 1990SOTOO1 oi Evangelism, fced Dy Ben Johnson, Professor orcvangeusm -and 
Church Growth at Columbia, along with Andrew Purees, Sonja Stewart, Arnold 
Lovell, Virgil Cm/ Marj Bettis I ove, and Joe Donaho. Cost: $50. 

Summer 1 \- Si hoi m Program. Taught by Shirley Guthrie, Professor of System- 
atic Theology at Columbia, and Bob Smith, Director ot the Lav Institute at 
Columbia. Cost: $65. 

July 9-20 Credit courses." 

1. Leadership Skills for Effe< twi Ministry. Taught by Robert Ramey, Professor 

of Ministry at Columbia. 

Assistant Professor of Sociology of Religion, Interdenominational Theological 

July 16-20 

1. PW Bible Study, Tongues oi Firi (Acts). Taught by Sara C Juengst, Director ol 

Continuing Education at Columbia. Cost: $35. 

2. The Ten Commandments vnd Their Relen vno for Today. Taught by Sibley 
Towner, Professor of Biblical Interpretation, Union Theological Seminary in 
Virginia. Cost: $75. 

3. Christian Simki ii uin i\ mi Parish CONTEXT. Taught by Don Saliers, Professor 
of Theology and Worship, Candler School of Theolog) Cost: $75. 

4. CoMMUNm Building with Youth. Taught by Steve Price, Presbyterian campus 
minister, Clemson University. Cost: $75 

5. Emergence i\ Pastor m C \ki . Taught by John Patton, Professor of Pastoral 
Theology at Columbia. Cost: $75. 

July 23- August 3 Credit courses * 

1 . Biblical Interpri l s i ION. Taught by Merwyn Johnson, Professor of Historical 
and Systematic Theologv, Erskine Theological Seminary. 

2. Without Luke? Taught by J. Will Ormond, Professor Emeritus of Biblical 
Exposition at Columbia. 

September 13-15 Writing for Public ATION. This intensive workshop will otter 
experienced and aspiring writers the chance to explore the "nuts and bolts" of 
getting published. Leader: Roland Tapp. Cost: $75. 

September 28-29 C.S. Lewis and Friends. See article on this page for more- 

*Two-week credit courses: Prerequisite — M.Div. or equivalent degree. You 
may take ONE of the credit offerings in each two-week period and thus earn 
three semester hours credit in each two- week period. Cost per course is $564. 

Summer Lay 
Scholar Program 

I in Si MMl i L u Scholar Program 
offers to a selected group of laity a 
k ot on-campus study and theo- 
al reflection. The 1990 program, 
held from [uly 9-13, provides morning 
Study with Dr. Shirley Guthrie, 
Professor ol Systematic Theology, in 
" Forma ti\ e Elements of Our Re- 
formed Faith: The Theology ot [ohn 
C alvin." The afternoons offer a semi- 
nar with Dr. Bob Smith, Director of 
the Lav Institute, on "Finding My 
Piece of God's Vision: Discerning 
Gifts and Call for This Point in M) 

The week also includes dialogue 
with Columbia faculty members and 
visiting scholars, times of worship and 
quiet reflection, and options for 
meditation, and recreation For infor- 
mation, contact the Lay Institute. □ 

Habitat dates set 

I ii,i ar, Columbia Seminary spon- 
sors a continuing education experi- 
ence in one of Georgia's poorest 
counties. The purpose is to experience 
two communities committed to living 
out the Christian faith. 

The first of these is Koinonia 
Partners, located near Americus, 
Georgia. This internationally known 
community was begun by Clarence 
Jordan in the 1940s. 

Our group will listen to the stories 
of the Koinonia "partners," join them 
in worship and communal meals, and 
participate in the work of the commu- 

Next, we journey to the Interna- 
tional Headquarters of Habitat for 
Humanity in Americus, where we 
learn about this rapidly growing 
program of low cost housing for the 
poor. There is an opportunity there, 
too, for worship and hands-on partici- 
pation in house-building. 

If you are eager to learn more 
about these communities, rethink 
your own lifestyle, or just enjo) a 
totally different, genuinely refreshing 
experience of continuing education, 
write Sara Juengst for more informa- 
tion. This year's dates are Sunday 
night, October 7, to Friday, noon, 
October 12, 1990. □ 

Annual fund 
needs response 

Tin 1989-90 annual fund has received 
$325,55^ toward its $460,000 goal. 
With about 10 weeks remaining in the 
fiscal year, the seminary needs your 
generous response to this important 
challenge. Columbia depends on 
unrestricted gifts in providing essen- 
tial services. That is why your sup- 
port of this fund is so appreciated 
If you have already given this 
year, consider a second donation. If 
you have not participated, please do 
so, if you can, before June 30. An 
envelope is provided. Your support 
will make the difference! □ 

C.S. Lewis 
course offered 

C. S. Ll WIS was one ot this century's 
most popular Christian writers He 
aroused in us a "homesickness" for 
purity, innocence [o\ e. and beaut) 
for being at rest with ourselves, 
others, and the world. 

If you are one of those who has 
had this kind oi experience with C. S. 
Lewis, you are invited to join other 
"friends" in an inspirational retreat 
centered around Lewis' writings. 

The format of the retreat will 
include presentations by two Lewis 
experts, Dr. Dabney Hart, professor of 
English literature at Georgia State 
University, who met Lewis in Eng- 
land, and' Dr. Pat McGeachy III, pastor 
of the Downtown Presbyterian 
Church in Nashville. There will also 
be an opportunity for participants to 
share their own reflections on what 
Lewis' work has meant to them 

Other features include a showing 
of the "Shadowlands" video about 
Lewis' life with Joy Davidson, a 
chance to hear a tape of Lewis speak- 
ing on "Four Loves," and a taped 
interview with one of Lewis' friends, 
Clifford Morris. 

The retreat will begin at 4:00 p.m. 
on September 28 with an English tea. 
As Lewis himself said, "There's no 
such thing as a teacup too big or a 
book too long." It will close on 
Saturday, September 29, at 3:00 p.m. 
This retreat is open to both church 
professionals and lay people. For 
further information, write Sara Covin 
Juengst at the seminary. D 

event planned 

On November 27-29, 1990, the Theol- 
ogy and Worship Unit and the Com- 
mittee on Theological Education will 
co-sponsor at Columbia a conference 
on the church's new worship re- 

This event will feature lectures 
and workshops on the Directory for 
Worship, the new hymnal, services for 
pastoral care, the Psalter, daily pra\ er 
baptism, Eucharist, and the liturgical 

Outstanding leadership will be 
provided by George Telford, Cather- 
ine Gonzalez, Melva Costen, Dan 
Hamby, Hal Hopson, Bill Forbes, Ben 
Kline, Mary Jane Winter, and Laura 

The conference will provide 
valuable assistance to ministers, 
educators and members of worship 
committees of local churches in 
learning how to use the liturgical 
resource tools provided for our de- 
nomination over the last few years. 

Registration begins at noon on 
Tuesday, November 27, and the 
conference closes at noon on Thurs- 
day, November 29. For further 
information, write Ms. Juengst at 
Columbia. LJ 

Forum 1990 

The Rev. Craig Mason presenteda one man production oj "Dangerous Preaching: 

The Life of Harry Emerson Fosdick." 

/ v Archie Smith spoke on i lassh al painting in the teai hing oj pastoral i are, on 
Howard Vhurman, and on intergenerational trauma. 

Dr. Cam I )emaresi preat hed sermons on what we a ir i ailed to do and to be. 

Joseph C Eckstmc 'M was presented with a Distinguished Alumnifae Award during 
the Alumni/ae Annual Meeting. With him is his wife. Ruth. 

Dr John Teith '-H (I) received a Distinguished Alumni/ae Award, which was presented 
by President ( Hdenbw , 

Dr. jack Stotts lectured on "Gleanings from a Confessional Pro, 

For the Record 

If you have recent news you would like to contribute to this section, 
please send it to the editor. ^ 

Odicir Oliviera '68 received the 1988 
Alex Haley ( lerontology Award at 
Oxford L niversity'sC ollegeol 
Medicine's annual conference lasl 
year. The award is given to an 
indi\ Idual w ho performs outstanding 
service for the aged In 1987 Dr. OH vi- 

ived the I arl I ' C aldwell 
Award, presented b\ the Alzheimer's 
Disease and Related Disorders 
Assoc iation oi Eastern Tennessee I le 
has been named Citizen of the ^ ear by 
the National Association ol Social 
Workers, a first tor a clinical 
psychologist Thomas Norwood '77 
(D.Min '89) lias had two books 

published recentl) Beginnings \ 
Study o) the Call of Cod in Genesis (in 
the Kerygma Bible Study series) and 
Pentecosl I (in the Proclamation series 
published b\ Fortress Press) ..James 
Richardson '82 has begun work on an 
M.A. in Christian education .it Presb) 
terian School ol Christian Education- 
He plans to pursue- certification as a 
minister ol C hristian 
education Brad Smith '89, assoi iate 
pastor of Spring Valley church in 

Columbia, SQ was selected by the Co- 
lumbia State to receive one of their 

I [ugO Awards." With the help of his 
church, the Salvation Army, and the 
University of South Carolina, Mr. 
Smith organized sending some 120 
tons of goods to people hit by Hurri- 
cane I I ugo. 

John Patton, Professor of Pastoral 
Theology, has had several articles 
published: "Pastoral Implications of 
the January Epiphany Lessons" in 
hectionary Homiletics; Thysicians of 
the Soul: Boisen on Pastoral Care and 
Counseling" in Turning Points in 
Pastoral One, Baker Book 1 louse: 
"Tom Klink's Contributions to Pas- 
toral Supervision" in the 1990 volume 
of the Journal o) Supervision ami 
Training in Ministry; and "Clergy 
Assessment: A Clinical Pastoral 
Education Perspective" in Clergy 
Assessment and Career Development, 
Abingdon, 1990. Dr. Patton headed 
an accreditation team site visit to the 
Christian Theological Seminary in 
Indianapolis for the American Asso- 
ciation for Pastoral 

Counselors Beverly Gaventa, 

Professor of New Testament, was 
elected chair of the Research and 
Publication Committee of the Societ) 
of Biblical Literature, effective 1991. 
In that office, she will manage the 
society's annual publication of some 
25 to 30 books and exercise oversight 
of the research and publication 
activities of this organization of 
almost 6,000 members. Dr. Gaventa 
preached at an ecumenical worship 
service celebrating the inauguration of 
Robert Peck as the new president of 
Phillips University 

Larry Bates '86 has been ordained 
as chaplain at Shands Hospital in 

Gainesville, GA Charles Benz '50 

was honorably retired from Mountain 
church, Blairsville, GA, in 

October Wade Huie '46, Professor 

ot I [omiletics prea< hed and led a 
workshop on baptism at ( hrisl the 

King I nth. ran ( hurch in Norcross, 

< ; \ and \\.>s missions preacher at 
First church, Marietta He has 
preached at First chun h, Americus; 
I nst ( hurc h, I ranklin, NC; Westmin- 
i. i i hurch, Albany; and First Baptist 
( hurch, Decatur Dr I line led I lol) 
Week sen i<es,it Tattnall Square 

i hurch in Macon Tim Olds '8b is 

,.ss,h iate pastor ot First church, Ft. 
Myers, I I Lee Carroll '68, Director 
of Supervised Ministry, led long- 
range planning retreats tor officers of 
c entral church, Atlanta, and Commu- 
nity church, Pinehurst, NC He 
prea< hed al < olonial church, Roanoke, 
VA, and participated in the fanuarj 
consultation of Presbyterian Theologi- 
i al i ield Educators, meeting in 
Nashville at Vanderbilt Divinit) 

Joan Gray '76 was installed as 
pastor of the Columbia church in 

1 Jecatur in Februar) Charles Walter 

McCanless '83 is pastor of First 

church, Bartow, FL William 

Hotchkiss '52 was honorably retired 
from First church, Green Cove 

Springs. FL William Harris (D.Min. 

'8b) has been a visiting assistant 
professor of religion at Florida Agri- 
cultural and Mechanical 

I niversity Archie Davis '54 is 

interim pastor o\ the Morningside 

church in Columbus, GA G. 

Thompson Brown, Visiting Professor, 
has led mission conferences for 
Trinity, New Hope, and Abingdon 
presbyteries and the Knoxville City 
Mission Conference. Dr. Brown met 
with the International Advisory 
Council of the Han Nam University 
\\o,\rd (Taejun, Korea) m Lynchburg, 
VA Cantey DuBose '54 was hon- 
orably retired from Grace Covenant 
church in Mauldin, SC, and is interim 


To Marc '84 and Melanie Sherrod, a 
daughter, Jordan Beth, June 15, 1989. 
To Charles '86 and Melissa Tucker, 
twin daughters, Sarah Pamela and 
Rebekah Lee, Jan. 31,1990. 
To Mary Huie-Jolly '86 (Th.M. '88) 
,\nc\ Morrison Jolly, a daughter, 
Catherine Rose, Nov. 28, 19S^» 
To Olin '87 and "Jim" McBride, a son, 
Olin Watson, Jr., Jan. 19, 1990. 
To Ed '89 and Barbara Pettus, a 
daughter, Sarah Lyn, Dec. 10, 1989. 
To Joseph (Th.M. '90) and Patricia 
Nicholas, a son, Philip Benjamin, Jan. 
17, 1990. 

To Tommy '90 and Cindy Sikes, a 
daughter/Taylor Ann, Mar. 11, 1990. 
To Nan L '2 and Andv Adams, a 
daughter, Morgan Elise, Jan. 29, 1990. 
To John, Vice President for Business 
and Finance at Columbia, and Linda 
Gilmore, a son, Zacharv Graham, Mar. 
16, 1990. 

The 1990 Alumni/ae Council held its annual meeting during Forum in January, 
present were (first row, l-r) Rob Blumer 'S3, Arch MacNair '39, Ginny Ellis 78, Lib 
McGregO) Simmons 79 Dana Waters '58, Bob Pettit '62, Robert Alexander '49. (S 
ond harles tool '59, Martha Blount '64, Jan Blissit '86, Lane Alderman '85, 
Merrill Schatz 'S4, Bill Lancastei 73, William Ross Johnston '62, Fred Woodward '49. 
(Thud WW) Martin Harku '63, Patrick Willson 71, Roe Callaway '69, Rush/ 
Douglas '80, hank Willey, Director of Alumni/ae Affairs, Don Collins '61, Winona 
Jones Dm die 76, The council established a goal of $40,000 in undesignated alumni/ae 
gifts foi the support of Forum lectures publications by faculty, supervised ministry 
scholarships video recordings of faculty lectures, and general student scholarship 
funds . 

pastor o\ the Westminster church, 

Greenwood, SC Brian Childs, 

Associate Professor of Pastoral 
Theology and Counseling, attended 
the editorial board meeting of Pastoral 
Psychology in Princeton in March. 
Dr. Childs has published a book 
review in Journal of Pastoral Care and 
an editorial in Pastoral Psychology 

James Thompson '58 is interim 
pastor of Rivermont church in 

Chattanooga Stephen Huntley '61 

(Th.M. '69, D.Min. 79) is associate 
pastor of Peachtree church in 
Atlanta Glenn Bucher, Vice Presi- 
dent for Academic Affairs, spoke at 
the bi-national consultation on 
Globalization in Theological Educa- 
tion at San Francisco Theological 
Seminary and preached for Flint River 
Presbytery Seminary Sunday in 
March Lucy Rose, Assistant Profes- 
sor of Preaching and Worship, 
preached at First church, Americus, in 

March Pamela King '85 has been 

called as pastor of the Palmetto church 

in Miami Ben Kline, Visiting 

Professor and President Emeritus, 
spoke to two church night suppers at 
the Druid Hills church (Atlanta), to 
the South Metro Officers Retreat of 
Greater Atlanta Presbytery and 
preached at Salem church, Lithonia; 
Presbyterian Church of the Redeemer, 
Lithonia; and at Druid Hills church. 
Dr. Kline consulted with the General 
Assembly Task Force on the Ministry 
Placement System and had articles 
published in Reformed Liturgy and 
Music ("The New Directory for 
Worship on the Use of Language") 
and in Liturgi/ ("I low Does the 

Sermon Mean?") William 

McCutchen '59 is associate pastor of 
the Forest Hill church in Charlotte. 

William Ralston '79 is pastor of 
Sugaw Creek church in 
Charlotte Eugene Harris '73 is 

chaplain at Macdill Air Force Base in 

Florida Douglas Oldenburg, 

President, and Philip Gehman '68, 
Vice President for Student Life, were 
workshop leaders at the Leadership 
Training for Presbytery Teams event 
at Epworth by the Sea, GA, in 

Februarv Charles Cousar '58, 

Professor of New Testament at 
Columbia, led Lenten Bible studies for 
First church, Marietta, GA, and First 
church, Bainbridge, GA, in March. He 
served as a member of the Association 
of Theological Schools accrediting 
team that visited Golden Gate Baptist 
Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, 

CA Barrett Gilmer '58 is director of 

Yellow Mountain Enterprises in 
Banner Elk, NC, a weekday program 
for adults with developmental 

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Circulation: 25,000 

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Editor: Juliette Harper 
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disabilities Currie Davis '87 has 

been called as pastor of Bold Springs 

church in Leeds, AL Ed Ayers '80 is 

organizing pastor of the Northeast 
Leon County, FL, new church 

development James St. John '78 has 

been called as pastor of Forest Lake 

church, Columbia, SC Wayne 

Hoffmann '62 is president of Inde- 
pendent Colleges of Northern Califor- 

Walter Brueggemann, Professor 
of Old Testament, lectured and 
preached at the National Cathedral in 
Washington and at Chevy Chase 
church in D.C. He spoke at the 
Christian Council of Atlanta and gave 
the Peter Kay Lectures at Vancouver 
School of Theology and the Todd 
Lectures at Memphis School of 
Theology. Dr. Brueggemann has 
lectured at Notre Dame, Bessemer 
Medical Center in Bessemer, AL, 
Union Seminary in New York, and 
Holy Innocents Parish in Atlanta. He 
has published Easter (Proclamation; 
Fortress Press), and his articles have 
appeared in Annual of Society o) 
Christian Ethics and Horizons in Biblical 
Theology. He is the author of "Gene- 
sis" in The Books of the Bible, edited by 

Bernhard Anderson Bachman 

Harris '63 is a counselor in the Lau- 
rens, SC, Mental Health 

Clinic James Tippens '55 was 

honorably retired from Hermitage 
church, Waynesboro, VA, last 

April Charles Scott '69 is national 

director of church relations with 
Young Life. His daughter, Holly 
Tickle, will graduate from Columbia 
in May. 

Frederick Bonkovsky, Professor 
of Christian Ethics, delivered the 
summary plenary address at the 
Eisenhower Medical Center in Au- 
gusta and was leader and lecturer of 
the Westminster Schools, Atlanta, 
faculty retreat. Dr. Bonkovsky 
delivered two lectures on "The Ethics 
of Ecology" at Trinity church, Atlanta. 
He was a panelist and commentator at 
the national Society of Ethics annual 

meeting in Washington Ray 

Roberts '84 received the first J. 
Bernard McDearmon Community 
Service Award in Amherst, VA, where 
he is pastor of the Presbyterian 
church. Mr. Roberts was chosen for 
his leadership in the community, his 
civic participation and volunteerism, 
and his work to promote business and 
economic development in the 

county Dennis Maxey '77 has been 

called as pastor of the Strawberry 

Plains, TN, church Owen Tucker 

(D.Min. '88) is chaplain at Baptist 
Medical Center in Columbia, 

SC Harper Brady '87 is pastor of 

the Concord church in Baden, PA. 

Ben Johnson, Professor of Evan- 
gelism and Church Growth, led an 
evangelism workshop and preached 
at First church, Lakeland, FL, and for 
First church, Lexington, NC. He 
taught a continuing education course 
at Princeton Seminary and conducted 
a workshop for Charleston /Atlantic 
Presbytery at their officer develop- 
ment event. Dr. Johnson was keynote 
speaker and workshop leader for 

Cincinnati Presbytery's I eadership 

Training Day, for the Disciples of 
Christ "Georgia Grow More event at 
the First Christian Church in Macon 
tor Albany (M ) Presb\ ten and foi 
Blackhawk Presbytery. He wasStaley 
Lecturer at the University of South 
Florida for the University Chapel 
I ellowship in Tampa and was leader 
for the School of C ontemporai \ 
Evangelism tor clergy at the Univei 
sity of Winnipeg, Manitoba Dr. 
Johnson led an evangelism workshop 
for First church and Trinity United 
Methodist Church in Darlington, SC, 
and has concluded 19 months as 
interim pastor at North Avenue 
church, Atlanta. ...Rebecca Parker, 
Director of Admissions and Financial 
Aid, was keynote speaker for the 
annual meeting of Presbyterian 
Women of Greater Atlanta Presbytery. 
She preached at the Dawson GA, 
church in March. 

Sara C. Juengst '83, Director of 
Continuing Education, taught Bible 
study series at Clairmont and Trinity 
churches, Atlanta, and at North 
Decatur church. She led a retreat f( >r 
Savannah Presbytery ministers on 
education and evangelism and spoke 
on China at the St. Simons, GA, 
church mission conference and at 
Northwest church, Atlanta. Ms. 
Juengst was keynote speaker for the 
Presbyterian Women gathering of 
Trinity Presbytery and a participant in 
the national ecumenical conference on 
effective Christian education. She has 
been appointed to the Small Church 
Network Team of the 

PC(USA) David Gunn, Professor of 

Old Testament, led a Bible study on 
Esther at Central church, Atlanta, and 
taught at Perkins School of Theology. 
He was the plenary speaker at the 
annual meeting of the Central States 
Society of Biblical Literature and 
American Academy of Religion in 
Missouri. Dr. Gunn has published a 
paper on Hebrew narrative in The 
Bible in Three Dimensions (Sheffield 
Academic Press) Bennett Bishop 
'78 (D.Min. '87) is pastor of Commu- 
nity church in Pinehurst, NC. 

Dan McRight '72 is director of 
clinical pastoral education at Tampa 

General Hospital Zane Alexander 

(D.Min. 83) in interim associate of 
First chruch in Hampton, 

VA George Stroup, Professor of 

Theology, has delivered the Scott 
Lectures at Texas Christian Universitv 
and the Wheeler Lectures at Phillips 
University. He gave the Willard 
Lectures at First church in Charlotte 
and the Hall Lectures at First church 
in Belmont, NC. Dr. Stroup attended 
a meeting of the PC(USA) Theological 
Work Group in Davidson, NC, and 
led a Lenten series at North Decatur 
church. □ 

The Lilly grant 
Continued from page 1 

funding from the Lilly Endowment 
for the review. 

The seminary's Curriculum 
Committee has been planning the 
review. Dean Bucher and Dr. Charles 
Cousar, Dean of the Faculty from 1971 
until 1978 and Professor of New 
Testament, are co-chairing the com- 

Development /Seminary Relations 

By James F. Dickenson 

Vice President, Development/Seminary Relations 

Recruiting for the future 

iiu M ruRi of the church depends on 
its deep commitment of faith in [esus 
C hrisl and thequalit) and ability ol its 

leadership. This brings us to the .ill 

important task of finding men and 

women v\ ho will till the leadership 
roles tor the church in the next 
cent in j 

V on can help Columbia Seminary! 
1 low? By being aware of the great 
need foi capable, qualified men and 
women who can prepare themseh es 

tor future service in the church and its 
many ministries 

j.) There are those times when we 
know, or meet, an individual whom 
we instinc lively belie\ <■ would make a 
good candidate tor full-time Christian 
work. Individual persons have been 
important in enabling others to think 
about God's call to the ministr) 

2.) The ministers, staff, and 
officers of congregations should 
encourage voting people and second 
career people who may have gifts tor 
ministry. Oftentimes, these people 
have given little thought to serving 
the church in a full-time capacity- 
There are approximately 1,800 Presb) 
terian churches m the Southi 
Imagine it each church produi ed one 
qualified candidate i ioodness! 

3.) Presbyteries, synods, and the 

( ieneral Vssemblj are somewhat 
remo\ ed from the lo< al i hurt h \\ h) 
not develop programs foi th< »se who 
would like to explore the possibility ol 

entering ihr miniMn ' I hese pro- 
ms could I"' m i onjun< tion with 
seminaries or dui ing a j outh retreat 
1 1] on numerous othei o< i asions I oi 

example the S\ n>-J ot I i\ ing \\ aters 

is ( onsidei Ing establishing theologii al 
si holarships foi students v, ho are 
attending the two seminai ies vs ith 
w hu h the} iio eco^ enants Whal it 
othei go^ ei ning bodi< i i reated su< h 
inno\ ,iti\ e i lossibilities? 

I i ( ollege teai hers, administra- 
tors, and students can help make 

others aw are oi i !od • i .ill by enabling 
those interested to asl questions and 

- Hi, , ilogi< al disi ussions. 
While attending i ollege i an be the 
time v\ hen young people bei ome less 
interested in religion >• can also bi a 
time when they make commitments to 
full time ( hristian sei \ i< e 

Think ol what t ould happen Li 100 
persons oul ol 10,000,000 in the 
., mtheastei n region i il the United 

States, took it upon themselves to 
help re< in it . ommitted men and 

men fi u the ministi j Vftei all, the 
I ,oid seems to favoi the dedii ated 
few. □ 

This vear, in preparation for the 
extensive review, the faculty has held 
forums to discuss faculty papers 
Professors Doug Hix, David Ciunn, 
and John Patton led a session on the 
w ays theological education should 
address faithfully the needs ol the 
twenty-first century. Dr. ( ,.i\ raud 
Wilmore, Presbyterian professor at 
Interdenominational rheologii al 
Center, discussed racial/ethnic issues 
in theologi< al edu< ation. 

I he committee has retained six 
consultants, who will meet to help the 
seminary think through curriculum 
issues and respond to them. The 
consultants are Cameron Murchison, 
Presbyterian minister of Blacksburg, 
Virginia; Belle Miller McMaster, 
director of corporate and social 
ministry tor the PC(USA>, Ga) raud 
Wilmore; Robert Schreiter ol the 
Catholic Theological Union in Chi- 
cago; Richard Mouw, provost at Fuller 
Theological Seminary; and Barbara 
Wheeler, president of Auburn Theo- 
logical Seminary. 

Asa next step, the seminar v has 
asked eight Presbyterian ministers to 
come to the campus in May and next 
fall to serve as a consultant group 
from the parish. They are Joanna 
Adams and Gibson Stroupe of Deca- 
tur; Rush Otey of Tucker, Georgia; 
William Woods of Charlotte; Ben 
Wilson of Iva, South Carolina; Mike 
Carey of Marietta, Georgia; Cynthia 
Jams of Princeton; and Warner 
Durnell of Nashville. 

\ thud group w ill i onsisl I 'I la) 
people w ho \\ ill i ome to the i ampus 
nexl fall I hey will disi uss theologii al 
education issues from a la) perspei 

ii\ c 

This spring the . ommittee plans 

to i ommj lion leveral papers by 
faculty members on significant 
theologii al issues I hese papers will 
be disi ussed b) the fa< ult) .it the 
faculty retreal in August and through 
oul the i oming fall 

The committee also expei ts to 
hold .i seminal foi fai ult) during the 
in -t academic vear. I hese will K)( us 

on i ulrural issues and ways the 

church might address those issues. 
The seminary will employ a 

Visiting professor for the fall I 1 '"!) 
term. Dr. Will Beard e article 

on page 8) will teach hall i >1 Profes ii »] 
Cousar's load, allowing Dr Cousar to 
devote more time to the curriculum 

According to Dr I OUSar, I his 
review proi ess will enrii h our pro- 
gram for the faculty; thereby, the 
Students will be benefitted. We expect 
i. H ult) development to be an impor- 
tant result as we have conversation, 
with one .mother about significant 
issues and become more aware of 
what we ought to be about a 
seminary in the Reformed tradition. 
There may also be some important 
auricular changes as we explore ways 
to loosen Columbia's tight curricu- 

Columbia names two 
visiting professors 

Columbia is pleased to announce two 
visiting professors for the 1 991 1-91 
academic year. Plamthodathil S. 
Jacob will teach World Christianity/ 
Ecumenics during the spring semes- 
ter. William A. Beardslee will tea. h 
in the fields of New Testament and 
theology in the fall. 

riamthodathil S. Jacob, principal 
(president) of Ahmednagar ColK 
India, will teach at Columbia from 
mid-January through the spring term 
oi 1 99\ . Dr. Jacob grew up in the 
southwestern Indian state of Kerala 
and did his undergraduate and M.A. 
level work at Ahmednagar College. 
He stayed on as a member of the 
fa< ulty in the department of philoso- 
phy and psychology. After some 
graduate work at Union Theological 
Seminary in New York and a stint as 
a consultant for the Peace Corps, he 
completed his Ph.D. in philosophy at 
Poona University. He has served as 
principal of Ahmednagar since 1982. 

Dr. Jacob is currently working 
with Professor William Baum, Uni- 
versity of New Hampshire, on a 
study of religious attitudes within 
rural communities as they bear on 
issues of economic social develop- 

As a professor in world Christian- 

ity/ecumenics, Dr. Jacob offers ,, 
unique perspective that combines 
centuries-old Indian Christianity . 
modern Indian nationalism, and 
world religious ecumenism. 

William A. Beardslee, director of 
the Process and Faith Program at the 
( enter for Process Studies, Clare- 
mont, C alifornia, will teach at Colum- 
bia in the fall of 1990 1 lis presence 
will enable New Testament Professor 
Charles Cousar to teach half-time and 
devote effort to directing the curricu- 
lum review grant awarded to Colum- 
bia by I ill\ 

Dr. Beardslee completed under- 
graduate work at Harvard Univer- 
sity Graduate studies include 
degrees from New Brunswick 
Theological Seminary and Union 
Theological Seminars in New York 
He received his Ph.D. from the 
University of Chicago. 

After serving the Reformed 
Church of Queens Village, New York, 
Dr. Beardslee came to Emory Univer- 
sit\ I le began as an assistant profes- 
sor of Bible in 1 L, 41 and retired as the 
Charles Howard Candler Professor of 
Religion in 1984. □ 

Milhvd Fuller founder of Habitat foi Humanity International, spoke at Columbia in Feb- 
ruary. The ecumenical, Christian ministry based in Americus Georgia seeks to 
provide low cost housing foi thepooi Mi Fulle) talked about the history of the move- 
ment and its development from a Sumter) County program to one that is now worldwide. 
Columbia Seminary will offe) a continuing event at Habitat and Koinonia in October. 
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Columbia receives $5 million gift 1 

Lilly Endowment gives grant 1 

From the President 2 

Media program to begin 2 

Commencement '90 2 

Evangelism Symposium book 2 

Columbia's Hungarian connection 3 

Continuing education calendar 4 

CS. Lewis event 4 

Summer Lay Scholar Program 4 

Koinonia/Habitat dates set 4 

Worship resources conference J 

Annual Fund 4 

Forum 1990 5 

For the Record 6 

Recruiting for the future 7 

Visiting professors announced S